Marouane Fellaini put in an end to end display against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in the Premier League.
Many expected the Red Devils to easily take apart the sudden relegation candidates and Fellaini duly obliged, grabbing himself a brace to complete a dominant performance.
Marouane has had to come in to replace the injured Paul Pogba and impressed over his last few games but none so as much as he did Saturday afternoon.
The tall midfielder showed just why Jose Mourinho and the club are scrambling to tie him down and renew his contract and while stats aren’t everything, the ones below read quite well:
Fellaini's game by numbers vs. Palace:
67% tackles won
90% pass accuracy
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) September 30, 2017
His passing can often be uninspiring and his clumsy feet can be frustrating but Fellaini plays to his strengths more so than he does to his weaknesses.
What he does well, he does fantastically and what he does poorly, he does dreadfully. Thankfully on a wet afternoon at Old Trafford, Marouane decided to do the former.
A true box-to-box midfielder in terms of his heat map but he’s also capable of adding a certain degree of aggressiveness to that role that Mourinho loves.
He’ll track back to put in a tackle that’ll leave the victim wobbling but he’ll also push forward to punish a defender at the far post, much to Manchester United fans’ delight.
Should Marouane continue his recent fine form, Paul Pogba may need to genuinely worry about his place in the first team once he returns from his injury. Credit to Fellaini where credit is due.